Happy New Year (sometimes abbreviated as HNY) is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film directed by Farah Khan and produced by Gauri Khan under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment. The film features an ensemble cast of Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff. It was distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films. The film marked the third collaboration of Khan with the director; they previously worked on Main Hoon Na (2004) and Om Shanti Om (2007), the latter of which also featured Padukone as the female lead.
Made on a total budget of ₹1.25 billion (US$18 million) to ₹1.5 billion (US$21 million), Happy New Year ranks among the most expensive Hindi films. The film was released on Diwali, 24 October 2014 in three different languages: Hindi, Tamil and Telugu with around 4,200 screens in Hindi and 800 screens in Tamil and Telugu, the biggest release for a Hindi film in India at that time. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, it grossed ₹445 million (US$6.2 million) in India on its opening day, setting the record for the highest-first day collection made by an Indian Bollywood film to that point, and over ₹3.77 billion (US$53 million) worldwide in full theatrical run, becoming among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences features the film’s script in their library.
Chandramohan “Charlie” Manohar Sharma (Shah Rukh Khan) is a street fighter who has been yearning for revenge from renowned businessman Charan Grover (Jackie Shroff) for eight years. Grover labeled Charlie’s father, Manohar Sharma (Anupam Kher) as a thief because Charan had conned him into stealing his own diamonds worth $15 million. Charlie finds out that diamonds worth 3 billion($39.48 million) will reach the Atlantis Hotel, Dubai on Christmas Eve. He wants to steal the same diamonds and frame Grover. To accomplish this, he assembles a dynamic team consisting of Ex-Captain Jagmohan “Jag” Prakash (Sonu Sood), a hard-of-hearing strongman, Tehamton “Tammy” Irani (Boman Irani), an old and seizure-prone safecracker and Manohar’s best friend, Rohan Singh (Vivaan Shah), a young intelligent hacker, and a lookalike of Charan’s son Vicky Grover named Nandu Bhide (both played by Abhishek Bachchan).
Tammy is the only one who can open the vault. The team finds out that room 9C, connected to the vault through a duct system, is booked for teams participating in the World Dance Championship (WDC). The group refuses, but Charlie re-motivates the group, convincing them to become a dance team. The film moves to a flashback— Manohar met Charan Grover and was given a contract to build an impenetrable vault. After the vault was completed, Charan drugged Manohar and conned him into stealing the diamonds by using his fingerprints. The film returns to the present, where desperate to win the national-level competition, they employ many dance teachers, but to no avail. In desperation, Nandu introduces Charlie to Mohini Joshi (Deepika Padukone), who is a Marathi bar dancer. Mohini is impressed by fluent English used by Charlie from the very beginning and eventually agrees to help them learn dancing, unaware of their intentions. Charlie and Mohini grow very close.
They manage to qualify in the first round by blackmailing the judges and eventually win the competition to represent Team India in the WDC by gaining votes through hacking. Many viewers despise them for their lack of skill, but Charlie and his team (sans Mohini) are all only concerned with the heist. In Dubai, Team Korea is especially hostile towards Team India, including Grover, their sponsor. At the semi-final, Charlie saves a Korean member from severe injury or death, instantly gaining respect and admiration from the audience. India advances to finals after judges are moved by Charlie’s action. Team India becomes loved by all. After going over the plan, everything is ready. Unfortunately, the team learns that the diamonds will arrive on New Year’s Eve instead of Christmas, which impedes the heist.
Mohini ends up hearing about the heist, angrily confronting Charlie and his false motivations of the competition. Charlie reveals that Manohar is actually dead; following the arrest, he appealed for a trial, but Grover bribed Manohar’s lawyers and tampered with the evidence. The next day, Manohar committed suicide by slitting his wrists. Charlie kept this a secret to avoid demoralisation. However, the team makes their determination to avenge Manohar even stronger, including Tammy. Mohini joins the team and helps them for the heist.
The night of the final round, the heist is set in motion. Mohini lures Vicky into an elevator, where his thumbprint is copied on Nandu who opens the chamber. They open the crack but Charlie and Tammy find another glass safe which houses the diamonds that can open only by a 7-digit password. Tammy realizes that Manohar built this safe. Charlie opens the safe later after deep thinking, realising that the password to open the safe was his own name. After stealing the diamonds, the team boards a boat, but Mohini refuses to come as she feels dedicated to protecting India’s honor with the competition. Rohan joins her as well, leading to a fight amongst the remaining members.
When Team India is found missing, Grover claims that they are the thieves. As he watches Mohini perform, other members also join her. Soon after, Charlie makes an appearance and eventually helps the team win the competition. With any and all suspicions removed from Team India, Charan and Vicky Grover are arrested. Charlie reveals himself to Charan and slips in his pocket the same razor blade Manohar slit his wrists with, completing his revenge. Team India reach the airport and manage to bypass security. Charlie camouflages the diamonds in his soft-drink, but the security guard disposes of it. Later, during the flight, Charlie reveals that he switched the fake diamonds on the trophy with the real ones. The team reaches India.
In the post-credits scene, Mohini opens her own “Dance School” and Charlie proposes to her with a ring made from one of the diamonds. Everyone then laughs at Nandu, who is thrown out of the bank for showing a winners’ cheque. Rohan finally gains immense popularity among the girls, while Jag takes over directing the film being made earlier, with the original director now the bomb controller. Tammy now has many of the elderly ladies chasing him as their hero. Having been given a long-term sentence, Charan and Vicky Grover are now seen in a Dubai city jail, still pleading for their innocence.
Shah Rukh Khan as Chandramohan Manohar Sharma a.k.a. “Charlie” : Mohini’s lover ; Charan Grover’s enemy
Deepika Padukone as Mohini Joshi :Charlie’s lover ; Vicky Grover’s love interest
Abhishek Bachchan as Nandu Bhide/Vikram “Vicky” Grover (Double Role)
Jackie Shroff as Charan Grover, Vicky’s father, the main antagonist.
Sonu Sood as Captain Jagmohan Prakash Singh a.k.a. “Jag” :Rohan’s Uncle
Boman Irani as Temhton Irani a.k.a. “Tammy”
Vivaan Shah as Rohan Singh, Jag’s nephew
Mohan Kapur as Charan’s assistant
Varun Pruthi as Charan’s assistant Sartaj Gill
Kavi Shastri as Mr. Gupta
Anupam Kher as Manohar Sharma (Cameo Appearance)
Daisy Irani as Namita Irani (Cameo Appearance)
Sarah-Jane Dias as Laila :Charlie’s love interest(Cameo Appearance)
Dino Morea as Host of World Dance Championship (Cameo Appearance)
Kiku Sharda as Saroj Khan (Cameo Appearance)
Prabhu Deva as Dance Instructor (Cameo Appearance)
Malaika Arora Khan as the Heroine of a Film (Cameo Appearance)
Anurag Kashyap as Himself/Judge of World Dance Championship Auditions (Cameo Appearance)
Vishal Dadlani as himself/Judge of World Dance Championship Auditions (Cameo Appearance)
Sajid Khan as Director of a Film (Special Appearance)
Jason Tham as Team Korea Leader
AbRam Khan as himself (cameo in end credits)